Plan for Rehabilitation Visit

At Franciscan Children’s, we recognize parents and guardians as important members of a child’s treatment team. We hope you will find the following information helpful as you prepare for your child’s admission to Franciscan Children’s.

Guests should park in Parking Lot A and register at the main desk upon entry.  The Rehabilitation program is located on the second and third floor of the hospital, just a short elevator ride up.

The complete Welcome packet for the Rehabilitation program will be distributed at admission and is also available for download. <coming soon>


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child need rehab? Why can’t we just go home?

Many children who experience traumatic injury, undergo surgery, or are medically fragile, are not ready to go home. Your child’s physician has recommended that he or she come to a rehabilitation facility to receive intense physical, occupational, speech, or pulmonary therapy that is not available at the acute care hospital where your child was first a patient. At Franciscan Children’s, our mission is to help your child reach his or her fullest potential, and help you get home as safely and comfortably as possible.

How long will my child be in the hospital?

This is a difficult question to answer until we get to know your child. During your first few days, your child will be evaluated by various specialists. Once the evaluations are completed, all the clinicians on your child’s treatment team will discuss their findings at weekly rounds, and recommend an estimated length of stay. We will communicate this information to you.

Will I be able to stay with my child?

You are most welcome to stay with your child. We can accommodate one parent at bedside. The only exception is if your child is admitted to the Observation Room, in which case, you may stay overnight in the Family Room.

What should I pack for my child?

We encourage our patients to wear their regular clothes whenever possible. We have found that comfortable t-shirts and sweatpants or shorts work best for children and teenagers. If your child has a favorite blanket or comforter, you are encouraged to bring this as well.

What are the visiting hours?

In general, visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. If your child is receiving maximum therapies and has a full schedule, we recommend visits later in the afternoon on weekdays. Saturday afternoons and Sundays are set aside for visiting time as well. We encourage you to plan your visits with your child’s treatment team.

Is parking available?

Yes, it is free. Families are asked to register with their license plate upon entering.

Is there a cafeteria?

We have a cafeteria that is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. If you are staying with your child, we will provide a meal tray for all other meal times

Questions about the Inpatient Rehabilitation program can be directed to the Admissions team by calling 617-254-3800 ext. 2600

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